The Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) in collaboration with the Professional Regulation Commission’s (PRC) and the Society of Filipino Foresters, Inc. (SFFI) joined forces in commemorating the Philippine Arbor Day 2021 through a simultaneous nationwide tree planting activity on June 25, 2021.

DENR Secretary Roy A. Cimatu commended PRC and SFFI’s active participation as significant headway to further enhance the status of Filipino professionals as advocates of climate change adaptation and resiliency.

More than 100 participants of various professions and other tree enthusiasts in DENR Central Cebu joined the simultaneous tree planting activity held in Barangay Sunog, Balamban Cebu, situated within the Central Cebu Protected Landscape (CCPL).

The group headed by DENR-7 Regional Executive Director Paquito D. Melicor, PRC Regional Director Narcival Randie Z. Taquiqui, and SFFI Council President Jose F. Layese planted around 1,000 seedlings of narra, kaningag, molave and some bamboo species to be grown along the mountain creeks.

The participation of PRC is anchored on PRC Resolution No. 1251 series of 2020 that declares every 25th of June as PRC Nationwide Tree Planting Day and making it a part of the PRC Week Celebration.

Each professional who actively participated in the event will be given three (3) unit points as stated in the Republic Act No. 10912, otherwise known as the “Continuing Professional Development (CPD) Act of 2016”, an act which requires CPD as the mandatory requirement for the renewal of Professional Identification Card of all registered and licensed professionals under the regulation of the PRC.

Consistent with the Sustainable Development Goals wherein the country has set to carbon emission reduction at 70% and the Carbon Neutral Program of the SFFI that aims to offset emitted carbon dioxide in the atmosphere, an individual is required to plant and grow at least 100 trees in his lifetime to be considered as carbon neutral individual.

The SFFI intensifies this advocacy campaign through this tree planting activity among its members and also gave six (6) CPD unit points to each member who participated.

The Coastal Resources and Ecotourism Research Development and Extension Center (CRERDEC) is also consistent in the observance of the National Arbor Day celebration by ensuring the participation of foresters within the organization in the annual event.

With the full support of the Ecosystems Research and Development Bureau (ERDB) management, the Center looks forward to a more organized and grand celebration of the National Arbor Day in June 2022. JFLayese and CVRallos, CRERDEC